The state received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for 2017 to digitize some of the historic newspapers from the state.
From the Press Release (via H-New Jersey):
"The three selected papers provide news from northern, central, and southern regions of New Jersey and span a period of over 70 years, from before the Civil War to after World War I. The West-Jersey Pioneer (later the Bridgeton Pioneer), “An Independent Family Newspaper Devoted to Agriculture, Arts, Education, Morality, Local and General News,” will be digitized from 1851 to 1917; the Jersey City News, “Democratic in Principles and Independent in its Views on Local Questions,” from 1889 to 1906; and the Perth Amboy Evening News, “An Independent Newspaper,” from 1903 to 1922."
"The New Jersey Digital Newspaper Project is supported by a $186,204 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities that was awarded in August 2016. Upon its completion, 100,000 pages of New Jersey newspapers will join millions of pages from 43 other participating states online in a fully searchable, digital format. The scans are expected to become available to the public by the end of the year. A list of 72 potential newspapers was initially reviewed by the New Jersey Digital Newspaper Project advisory board, which includes archivists, librarians, museum directors, historians, journalists, and educators from across the state. The three selected titles ultimately emerged because of their statewide and regional influence as well as their coverage of a broad range of ethnic, political, economic, cultural, and regional groups."
The three digitized newspapers will be available to be searched via Chronicling America when complete.
Read the full press release here: https://www.libraries.rutgers.edu/news/new-jersey-digital-newspaper-project-selects-three-newspapers-digitization